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Parade of Homes-Tartan Ridge

Just a few more days to catch the central Ohio Parade of Home in Columbus, Ohio.  But even if you don’t have time to slip into a few of these fabulous new homes….I’ve got a few of my favorites and ideas to share.  From a designer’s perspective it’s always fun to take the time to see someone elses approach to designing an empty house.  We’re always looking for new ways to display,store, or embellish a home even if we don’t have a customer asking us to do that.  Guess it’s in the genetics and that’s probably why I subscribe to probably too many magazines….for cultivating ideas.  So this is what I encourage you to do, where ever you live.  Just get out there and take a look  at your local parade of homes, or decorator showhouse.  Leave your mind open to new ideas, colors,textures, fabrics and ways of arranging both outdoor and indoor living spaces.  Check out the colorschemes and undoubtedly you’ll walk away with something to apply to your own habitat! I’m sure most of you have realized by now, new or old, your house projects are never completely done.  There’s always the next little redo to take care of in some corner of the house.  Take a look at some the highlights for me.

K.Knight home/upper level garden

K.Knight home/upper level garden

Kevin Knight & Company Entry
Kevin Knight & Company Entry
K. Knight home/entry lighting

K. Knight home/entry lighting

 

Kevin Knight’s home is hard to top!  Very crisp and slightly contemporary  furnishings with kudos to Pamela Stavroff Designs for the interior furnishings. Next on my list of favs is the Duffy Home by Michael Edwards, Interiors by Pam Yost.  Of course I’d fall in love with the slightest hint of “Frenchness” but ooolala…you will too! I’m so proud of Columbus to put out such sophisticated and wonderful products!

Duffy Homes Entry

Duffy Homes Entry

Is this Versaille????

Is this Versaille????

Lemondade anyone?
Lemonade anyone?

 

Love it!

Love it!

Sometimes Parade homes feel like the unattainable ”dream” homes….but there’s always something to take away and put in the ‘ole memory bank for your own personal projects.  Most parade homes pass out lots of literature on their product sources and suppliers,host free raffles and offer discounts, so this is always a wonderful way to get connected in your own community.  With the crowds we saw this summer I was greatly encouraged that people must be optimistic for the future.  What could be better news than that?!

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July 22 2009 | Design Inspirations and Favorite shopping spots and Flooring and Interior Design and Paint Selection and Uncategorized and Window Treatment | No Comments »

Inspiring Your Creative Side

powell-008Finding a way to inspire your creative nature is probably the first step in the interior design and decorating process. Afterall, you do want to love the space your living in. If you haven’t gotten to that place yet and need some jumpstarting with ideas…you’ll need an “inspiration piece”. This might be a swatch of fabric, a painting, a particular style of funiture or color scheme. No matter where you start- living area, kitchen, bath or bedrooms….you’ll still need something to get your decorative juices flowing with ideas. Try looking in fabric stores for a special accent plaid, print or textured fabric that just draws you in. Maybe you’ll come across that perfect pillow to mix in and make the blandest of spaces just pop. Better yet, take a detour on your next trip to the mall and just do a quick walk-thru in a furniture gallery or department store. Displays in these departments are changed frequently and you might wander into a vinette with something that grabs your attention…that wows you with color or style…something to inspire your thought process.
I live in a small suburban area near Columbus, Ohio where we are lucky to be surrounded with great shopping…especially in the quaint little suburbs. It’s raining- it’s pouring today in Columbus but it has not dampened my creative spirit….especially since I have found my way to a great shopping spot filled with inspiration! Today’s find was one of my favorite shopping spots and the place I had my own shop for almost 10 years…    powell-009

This is the Collection, fine furniture and accessories, 41 Depot Street in downtown Powell, Ohio. Shop phone is: 614-885-9091. Owner Anne Grayson can be emailed at graysonar@aol.com This shop is a rehabed railroad depot dating back more than 100 years. They inventory an interesting combination of handselected, high-end, furniture pieces surrounded by architectural remnants and antiques. The owners shop auctions and estate sales locally, but also offer custom made furniture. I especially love the sized -to- order floor ottomans and bench made farm tables. This shop is magically displayed, so I hope these snaps brighten your eyes like they did mine!

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custom ottmans at the Collection

custom ottomans at the Collection

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June 09 2009 | Design Inspirations and Favorite shopping spots and Interior Design and Uncategorized | No Comments »

Choosing an Interior Designer…Good Idea? Absolutely and here’s why…

One of the biggest fallacies about the world of Interior Design and decorating is that working with a professional is only for the extremely wealthy….and not for people interested in “do-it-yourself ” projects.  Seeking the assistance from a design professional today doesn’t need to cost a fortune.  When your home is a large part of your finacial package, you need to protect it and yourself  from making costly mistakes.  Many designers will share ideas and sources and point you to the best resources for tradesmen to give you overall project direction.  Most designers, like myself,  work really hard to share secrets for savings and cutting corners depending on your budget.

How do you find a good and capable designer? Maybe this is obvious but ask your friends,family and co-workers.  Then ask the designer for references…but be sure to follow them up!   Better  yet,  check on line by finding an ASID designer in your hometown. Here’s the website:  www.ASID.org  complete with directory.  It’s as simple as punching in your zip code.  ASID is an organization of credentialed design professionals.  All members must meet standards of education, and experience before being approved for membership.   First and foremost you MUST find someone you can relate to and most of all communicate well with.  Seek out a designer who can interprete your needs and pin-point your style.  The customer should always be” king” in the design world.  Your home is your castle and should reflect your personality above the designers.

Don’t be intimidated and live in fear of cost.  A good design professional should be able to quote you with a breakdown of all anticipated costs and in contract form.  Your approval should be given for all expenditures.  In today’s market place it probably isn’t an all or nothing service. So be vocal and negotiate where you need to.  Maybe you’ll enjoy doing some of the work yourself and just need color suggestions.  I’ve never worked with any 2 clients the same way.  Tastes and needs vary.

Be prepared to be a good client….ask lots of questions.  Start a file folder of magazine ideas.  Even if you don’t know your style yet…the designer can psyche you out by looking at the photos of the things you love!  Here are some suggestions for outside reading and searching on your own.   How To Work With an Interior Designer by Judy Sheridon, ASID

How to Work With An Interior Designer

How to Work With An Interior Designer

And finally for you artsy fartsy types… I loved this woman’s story of the emotional adventure she had in crafting a home that relects her completely.
Jill Butlers newest book

Jill Butlers newest book

My experience has been that you’re never done working on your house.  It’s a constant evolution over time….your home changes as you and your families needs do.  So off you go…creating a nest is like joining a safari and hopefully loving the excitement and surprize in the process.  Now venture out there and get creative!

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May 06 2009 | Finding a designer and Interior Design | 4 Comments »

Is Interior Decoration and Design relevant in our current economic recession?

More than ever!  Our homes are our safety nets; our surroundings have a profound effect on our psyche.  Our biggest investment is often the home we live in.  It’s our secure nest and the place we come to recharge.  When dollars are limited ,we need to spend wisely and not waste money making mistakes.  Good design is timeless and correct and well thought out placement of our belongings creates  a good functioning space.  If your home doesn’t function well-you won’t love it or want to be in it.

Now is a time when we all need to be focused on what’s valued and important in living our daily lives. What better way to do this than by falling in love with your home….all over again.  Maybe your house doesn’t need to be bigger, newer or in a different neighborhood.  Your surroundings need to simply reflect you and who you are, as well as feeding and re-energizing your soul for the life you want to live.

The InteriorAnswers Blog is my way to share the “how-to’s” of creating a new interior excitement in your life.  A way to enrich your life with new ideas and open your eyes to a new appreciation for your surroundings…for real people with real budgets!  Future posts will include my musings about arty adventures locally and elsewhere around the map.  I hope you’ll find tips on sales at major retail vendors as well as suggestions for inspiring yourself to recycle your favorite objects to new uses.  I’ll help you figure out what’s hot and what’s not in the decorating world.  So with this maiden voyage on a decorating safari into the blogging world…here goes!

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April 16 2009 | Interior Design | 1 Comment »

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April 04 2009 | Interior Design | No Comments »